FA Youth Cup
Manchester United vs. Chelsea
Venue: J. Davidson Stadium
Date: Friday, 22 January 2016
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
Manchester United U18s suffered a night to forget in their FA Youth Cup defeat to holders Chelsea.
An emphatic 5-1 victory for the visitors saw goals from Ike Ugbo and Tammy Abraham give them a half-time lead.
Charlie Scott pulled one back for United, before Mason Mount, Jay Dasilva and Mukhtar Ali bagged to see the South Londoners comfortably through to the next round.
A first half dominated by Chelsea began with Fikayo Tomori heading over from a corner as Ollie Byrne’s low save denied Charlie Wakefield after Mount’s through ball.
Abraham fired wide before his header from Jay Dasilva’s cross was somehow stopped by Byrne, only for Ugbo to nod in the rebound from close range.
Marcus Rashford did well to control Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s forward pass, but United’s number nine sliced an effort from distance off target.
Just as half-time looked like arriving with one goal separating the sides, Abraham’s first touch to swivel past RoShaun Williams led to the Chelsea captain’s attempt striking the inside of the post but crossing the line anyway, with the visitors deservedly ahead at the break.
A rare attack from the home side early after the restart saw Callum Gribbin roll the ball into the path of Charlie Scott, whose first time strike fell wide without troubling.
Rashford won a corner which was headed clear by Trevoh Chalobah, but Scott drilled a finish into the back of the net to give United hope.
That hope evaporated just 18 seconds later, as the loose ball inside the penalty area landed to Mount, who finished well amongst the melee of bodies.
With the game wrapped up, Chelsea pursued more goals, with Abraham and Ali going close, and Dasilva did find the net, chipping a delightful finish over the head of Byrne.
The Blues of Chelsea became a reality for United, with Tyler Reid’s cut out preventing Ugbo from latching onto the end of a pass, but Ali was on hand to tap home into an empty net.
Substitute Ruben Sammult’s shot deflected wide in stoppage time, as United’s FA Youth Cup quest ended abruptly in Altrincham.
United were never in the game, and conceding so soon after halving the deficit well and truly saw Chelsea home.
A thoroughly deserved scoreline, and Chelsea progress to continue their defence of this season’s competition, with a trip to AFC Wimbledon in the fifth round.
As for Paul McGuinness’ side, back to the drawing board to try and recover from a poor run of form which has also seen 10 consecutive league defeats to coincide with tonight’s cup exit.
Manchester United: Byrne; Warren (Kenyon 84), Williams, Fosu-Mensah, Reid; Whelan, Scott; Dearnley (Boonene 56), Gribbin (Gomes 85), Kehinde; Rashford.
Subs: Dunne, Moutha-Sebtaoui, Gomes, Kenyon, Boonen.
Manager: Paul McGuinness
Chelsea: Baxter; Grant, Tomori, Chalobah; Wakefield, Ali, Scott (Christie-Davies 65), Dasilva; Mount (Maddox 71), Ugbo; Abraham (Sammut 84).
Subs: Sammut, Thompson, Christie-Davies, Sterling, Maddox.
Manager: Joe Edwards